Leesburg, GA (July 12, 2020) – On Sunday, July 12, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 2:30 PM, Lee County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 284 Linden Road, Lot #2, Leesburg to serve court mandated paperwork on Rodney Morrison, age 47.  Morrison threatened deputies with a knife as they attempted to serve the order.  Morrison escaped from his home and ran a short distance into a field where City of Leesburg officers arrived to assist.

He was later shot by a Leesburg police officer and died at an area hospital.

No officers were injured in this incident.

The GBI will continue to conduct an independent investigation into the officer involved shooting.  Upon completion of the investigation, it will be turned over to the Southwestern Judicial Circuit for review.


Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bryan Smith